HSE/FACS Conferences & Meetings

HSE/FACS Professional Development Opportunities

FACS Fall Workshops

New Standards! New FACS Specialist! So many changes! Breathe easier, connect with fellow FACS teachers, gain information and resources by making plans to attend the annual FACS Fall Workshops held at locations all across Nebraska! A major focus of our time together will be on new Standards implementation and resources for teaching the new Standards. See the workshop flyer for additional information. Click on the Fall Workshop Registration link below to register.

This year’s one-day conferences will be held at the following locations:

  • 10/04/18  Lincoln, Lincoln Community Foundation
  • 10/15/18  Scottsbluff, Western Nebraska Community College
  • 10/16/18  North Platte, McKinley Education Center
  • 10/17/18  Kearney, Education Service Unit 10
  • 10/23/18  Omaha, Education Service Unit 3
  • 10/30/18  Norfolk, Northeast Community College

2018 FACS Fall Workshop Registration Link

Fall Workshop Flyer to be added later

FACS Teacher Culinary Workshops

In conjunction with the Nebraska Restaurant Association and Nebraska ProStart, we are proud to offer several opportunities for Family and Consumer Science Educators to develop their culinary skills.  Please see the below document for links and additional information:

From Pod to Plate

Pro-Start Forums


ProStart Video

2018 Webinar CONNECTions:

Join FACS Teachers and Professionals from around the state as we discuss current issues, trends, and classroom needs together throughout the year.  These webinars will take place via Zoom and can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.  Webinars will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except November and December which are held on the 3rd Tuesday) at rotating times as listed below.  Webinars will also be recorded and stored in case you missed it or want to come back later to revisit information.

Click to Register for the 2017-2018 Webinar CONNECTions!

Future dates TBA

Have an idea for a topic that you’d like to know more about?  Submit your topic requests HERE.

Thank you for your investment in FACS in Nebraska!


FCCLA Meetings and Events


State Officer Leadership Academy (SOLA)

May 29- June 1, 2018

National Leadership Conference:

June 29 – July 2, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Peer Ed Retreat:

February 24-26, 2019 in Kearney, NE

State Leadership Conference:

April 7-9, 2019 in Lincoln, NE

NCE Conferences and Meetings

Upcoming NCE Conference Dates:

2018 – June 4-5 Pre-Conference / 6-7 NCE Conference 

Location: Kearney, Nebraska

NCE Conference website

NCE Leadership Academy

Lincoln, Nebraska

This event is designed to grow the leadership potential of Nebraska Career Educators.  It is a practical, hands-on experience that will inspire, engage, and strengthen your leadership knowledge and skills.  Consider applying to participate in this excellent professional development opportunity.
The expenses associated with participation in the Career Education Leadership Academy will be covered by the Nebraska Department of Education.  This is made possible in part through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.  This includes round-trip mileage to and from Lincoln, double-occupancy lodging (if more than 60 miles one-way from Lincoln), meals, and parking. 
Registration will open in March.

2016 FACS Participants:

Pam Barrow, Ainsworth Community Schools

2015 FACS Participants:

Reba Deterding, Cambridge H.S
Marlene Ronnfeldt, Gibbon H.S.
Kim Scarborough, Neligh-Oakdale H.S
Brett Redemske, Omaha Public Schools

2014 FACS Participants:

Alexis Grenfell, Central H.S.
Connie Jones, R.M. Marrs M.S.
Emily Murphy, Bryan H.S.

2013 FCS Participants:

Angela Mann, Battle Creek H.S.
Anne O’Connor, North Platte H.S.
Anne Schmall, Bluffs M.S.

2012 FCS Participants:

Roni Dorsey, Fullerton H.S.
Kristen Evans, Norfolk H.S.
Mallory Gregory, Waverly H.S.
Allison Kreifels, Wahoo H.S.
Kristin Vest, Kearney H.S.
Tracy Way, Lincoln Southwest H.S.

NCE Beginning Teacher Institute

Lincoln, Nebraska

This event allows beginning CTE teachers to build positive, dependable, and supportive relationships among other CTE teachers in Nebraska.  Additionally, the Beginning Teacher Institute will provide participants with practical skills that related to classroom instruction, student engagement, and classroom management.  The participants will also explore ways to market and communicate the value of their Career Education program.   
The expenses associated with participation in the Beginning Teacher Institute will be covered by the Nebraska Department of Education.  This is made possible in part through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.  This includes round-trip mileage to and from Lincoln, double-occupancy lodging (if more than 60 miles one-way from Lincoln), meals, and parking. 

2017 FACS Participants:

Stefanie Wenz, Falls City Public Schools 
Samantha Musil, High Plains Community Schools

2016 FACS Participants:

Alyssa Brown, Westside High School
Melissa Davis, Randolph High School
Chelsey Greene, Aurora Public Schools
Jenna Hilligoss, Lincoln Northeast HS
Brianna Irvin, West Point Beemer Jr/Sr HS
Samantha Musil, High Plains HS
Jill Richards, Elkhorn Valley View MS
Emily Suhr, Omaha North HS
Kelsey Wirth, Harry A. Burke HS

2015 FACS Participants:

Ashley Knust, Elkhorn Valley H.S
Lyndee Koch, Cozad H.S.
Carrie Mullendore-Dilsaver, Wahoo H.S.
Carrie Urban, Doniphan-Trumball H.S.
Carmen Warner, Elm-Creek H.S.
Clarissa Gillham, Hastings H.S.

2014 FACS Participants:

Christi Krist, Lewis and Clark M.S.

2013 FCS Participants:

Charlene Arens, Niobrara H.S.
Nicki Hanseling, Lincoln Southwest H.S.
Ianna Herrboldt, Winnebago H.S.
Paige Kimmerling, Bryan Community Schools
Kelsey Kummer, Ralston H.S.
Emily Murphy, Bryan H.S.
Jacie Ochsner, Thayer Central H.S.
Dawn Ruzicka, Beatrice H.S.
Michaela Vestecka, Nebraska City M.S.
Katie Wenz, Arapahoe H.S.

2012 FCS Participants:

Susan Biba, Fillmore Central H.S.
Anne Schmall, Scottsbluff M.S.

CTE Month

CTE Month is celebrated every February across the nation.  Additional information will be shared throughout the year.  For resources about teaching about CTE and Say Yes to FACS, visit the Resources section of this page.

For more information about CTE Month, check out the ACTE website. 

Here you can:

  • Purchase promotional products
  • View the winners of the CTE Month 2017 PSA Video contest
  • Get tips on reaching out to students and community members about CTE Month
  • Find fact sheets about CTE Month

In addition, we have put together the following lesson plans for teachers to utilize throughout the month which can be used in any Family and Consumer Sciences class.

CTE Month Lesson Plan

Say YES to FACS Lesson Plan



Understanding Standards and Programs of Study

Course Reporting

Course reporting helps to ensure that the information your district provides is not only accurate but that as a teacher you are receiving accurate credit for the courses you are teaching.  While every school has a different Data Steward, you can do your part to ensure that information is correct.  Please utilize this form for assisting your District’s Data Steward has all the information needed to accurately report your Family and Consumer Sciences Courses.

FACS Course Code Reporting Sheet

Middle School Standards

Middle School Standards (2017 Version)

Over the past year, the need for Middle School standards was made very apparent.  As a result, a team of teachers worked throughout the year to examine current practice and develop standards for middle school implementation.

Courses will appear as FACS 6, FACS 7, and FACS 8.  Teachers can teach any of the courses to any grade level.  The number simply denotes what most FACS teachers in Nebraska believe it is the appropriate age at which to teach that set of standards.  These courses will appear as coded courses in the Course Codes and Clearing Endorsements (Appendix D) for the 2016-17 school year.  If you have questions about these standards or implementation, please contact the FACS Career Field Specialist, Kristin Vest.

Through the standards writing process the team also contributed suggested teaching activities to assist with ideas for how to teach the standard.  Strategies will continue to be added to this list throughout next year and beyond.  This is a separate document from the official standards listing so that updates can be made independently of the standards.  If you have teaching strategies and resources to add, please send them to Kristin Vest at kristin.vest@nebraska.gov

MS Standards

MS Standards with Teaching Strategies





2016 Standards Revision

2016 Standards Revision

Beginning in December 2015, the standards for Family and Consumer Sciences have undergone major changes. These changes include course standard edits, brand new courses, and Programs of Study that align to careers in Family and Consumer Sciences. These changes were approved by the Nebraska Board of Education in November and over the next several months, the migration of these standards from “draft” to “official” will take place.

While not all course numbers are official at this point, the course titles are. This information will be updated as it becomes available.

The following are the approved Programs of Study related to Family and Consumer Sciences and Education and Training for the 2017-2018 year.

Programs of Study: Human Sciences and Education

Human Services

Program of Study Title
Child, Youth, and Family Studies
Human Growth and Development
Interpersonal Relationships 090116
Parents and Families 090117
Early Childhood Education and Services
Child Development 090119
Early Childhood Education and Services
Early Childhood Practicum
Nutrition and Wellness
Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition 090107
Food Science
Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition 090107
Food Science 090113
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 320600 or
Entrepreneurship 032370 or
College Introduction to Entrepreneurship 032600
Intro to Design Principles
Textile Construction 090103 or
Home Design and Interiors 090109 or
Fashion Design 090206
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 320600 or
Entrepreneurship 032370 or
College Introduction to Entrepreneurship 032600
Counseling and Mental Health
Families in Crisis
Careers in Mental Health
Psychology or
AP Psychology or
FNS: Nutrition and Food Science Certified
FNS Food Production, Nutrition and Health 018080
FNS Food Science 018081 or
FNS Nutrition Science 018082
FNS Food and Nutrition Research and Development 018083


Program of Study Title
Education and Training
Introduction to Education and TrainingBest Practices in Education and TrainingField Experience in Education and Training


Programs of Study: Business, Marketing, and Management

Hospitality and Tourism

Program of Study Title
BMM.HS.1Culinary ArtsFundamentals of Food and Nutrition 090107Culinary I 370021Culinary II 370022 or
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 320600 or
Entrepreneurship 032370 or
College Introduction to Entrepreneurship 032600
BMM.HS.2ProStartFundamentals of Food and Nutrition 090107ProStart I 370030ProStart II 370031


The following documents feature the standards and benchmarks for these Programs of Study. In order for a course to be counted in data reporting, the teacher must teach 90% of the standards and benchmarks of each course. These are the official standards and benchmarks for these courses and as such, will not be changed moving forward.

Child, Youth, and Family Studies Standards and Courses

Counseling and Mental Health Standards and Courses

Design Standards and Courses

Food Science Standards and Courses

Food and Nutrition Standards and Courses

Early Child Ed Services and Course

Culinary Arts Standards and Courses

ProStart Standards and Courses

*These Programs of Study are housed in the Hospitality and Tourism cluster but are taught only by certified Family and Consumer Sciences teachers

As more information is finalized in the coming months, additional information such as course codes will be added. If you have any questions about the standards, benchmarks, or Programs of Study and their implementation, please contact Kristin Vest at kristin.vest@nebraska.org


Our Staff

Kristin Vest
Nebraska FCCLA State Adviser
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: 402.471.4814
Email: kristin.vest@nebraska.gov
Fax: 402.471.0117

Terri Donahue
Professional Assistant
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: 402.471.4815
Email: terri.donahue@nebraska.gov
Fax: 402.471.0117


Family & Consumer Sciences

FACS Logo & Mission Statement



Nebraska Family & Consumer Sciences integrates family and career readiness with technical skill instruction within a critical science perspective. As a result, our students are empowered to navigate the challenges of living and working in diverse communities, while striving for a high quality of life.

Creating healthy individuals and sustainable families


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FACS logo style guide for proper usage.

Human Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences

Welcome to the Human Sciences/Family and Consumer Sciences & Education Website

This Career Field consists of four clusters: